What Is the 2015 Honda Civic?
The front-wheel-drive 2015 Honda Civic is a five-seat compact car that's available as a sedan or a coupe. It competes with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Scion tC, Mazda3 and Ford Focus. Trim levels include the LX, SE, HF, EX, EX-L, Si and Natural Gas. The 2015 Civic is also available in a Hybrid configuration, covered separately.
What's New on the 2015 Honda Civic?
The Honda Civic adds the SE trim level for 2015. Available only in the sedan body style, the SE adds a continuously variable automatic transmission, automatic climate control, an audio system with a touchscreen, Honda's LaneWatch system and 15-inch aluminum wheels with black accents.
How Does the 2015 Honda Civic Compare to Other Compact Cars?
The Civic is a bit noisier than its competitors, and while you'll get more oomph and less protest from the Mazda3, the Civic is no slouch when it comes to springy acceleration. Where the Civic faceplants is its ride quality – the chassis bounces around quite a lot over even modest dips in the road. In this regard, it's the polar opposite of the Scion tC.
In terms of efficiency, the 2015 Honda Civic is in line with its competitors, offering a combined city/highway rating of 33 mpg when equipped with a CVT, or up to 35 mpg with the efficiency-focused HF trim. This is well within the ballpark of models like the Ford Focus (up to 33 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (up to 32 mpg), Toyota Corolla (up to 35 mpg), Nissan Sentra (up to 34 mpg) and Mazda3 (up to 34 mpg).
What Features in the 2015 Honda Civic Are Most Important?
The 2015 Civic comes standard with a 143-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. All 2015 Civics feature a selectable Econ Button and front-wheel drive. The available Si trim comes equipped with a 205-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the Natural Gas model features a 110-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder power plant and a five-speed automatic. A continuously variable automatic is standard on the SE, HF and EX-L models and is optional on the LX and EX.
Significant standard features include 15-inch steel wheels with the sedan or 16-inch steel wheels for the coupe, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth seats, a folding backseat, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with accessory controls, cruise control and a CD stereo with USB functionality and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Notable available features include alloy wheels (measuring 15, 16, 17 or 18 inches), heated mirrors, a power moonroof, fog lights, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, automatic air conditioning, an upgraded audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and push-button start.
As required in all new cars of this model year, every 2015 Honda Civic comes equipped with an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes. The 2015 Civic also comes standard with front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and a backup camera. Honda's LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system is available.
Should I Buy the 2015 Honda Civic?
Among compact cars, the 2015 Honda Civic is one of the most feature-rich – and one of the most expensive – models available. The upside to it costing more than most of its major competitors is the fact that a trim upgrade isn't necessarily required for most drivers. If you're willing to pay a small premium for a practical, generously equipped compact, the Civic is a strong choice.
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